Burst Pipes are the Worst Pipes
Burst Pipes: Not Just a Winter Problem
Most people are aware that freezing temperatures can result in pipes bursting indoors, but plumbers report seeing a lot of burst pipes in the warmer temperatures as well.
Tree roots --- the roots can invade even pinhole-sized cracks in outdoor pipes, building pressure and eventually causing a pipe to burst inside. Tree roots tend to invade sewage pipes, so the mess can be epically awful.
Alternating wet and dry spells – the shifting ground puts pressure on pipes that older plumbing may not be able to withstand.
Rusted pipes – discolored water is often a sign of rusty pipes. Pipes rust faster in the warm weather and may burst without warning. When the water is discolored, call a plumber.
Wear and tear – age takes its toll on plumbing. Old buildings have their charms, but unreliable pipes are not among them.
Clogs –- if the water drains out slowly, try a drain cleaner. If it doesn’t work, get a plumber; it will be a lot less money and hassle than dealing with a burst pipe.
Sometimes, homeowners or building managers get hints ahead of a time of weakened pipes that will burst. These signs can include any or all of the following:
- Off-smelling water
- Discolored water
- Wildly fluctuating water pressure (really a bad sign)
- Clanging or dripping noises behind the walls (having a haunted building would be less expensive than having about-to-burst pipes, but burst pipes are even worse)
- Standing water beneath pipes
- Damp walls from the pipes leaking water
- Smell of mold or other microbial growth
- Sudden spike in the water bills (either that, or the teenagers are all home)
The severity of water damage depends on the amount of water (there will be a lot of water) and the length of time the water is in the structure to do its damage. Damage may include:
- Water-logged insulation
- Ruined wall board
- Electrical shorts
- Warped wood, linoleum, tile (water can crack even concrete)
- Water soaking from the floor to ceilings below
- Damage to structural supports
- Crumbled plaster
- Stained textiles (carpets, upholstery, window coverings)
- Microbial growth
What to Do
Tempting as it may be to stand up and screech, that won’t accomplish anything. Instead:
- Shut off the water
- Call a plumber
- Call us: SERVPRO® of Fargo at 701-232-2455
- Move treasured items out of the way
We are experts at water and moisture removal. We will clean, disinfect, and deodorize. We are available for emergencies every hour of every day.
BTW, if standing up and screeching is a stress relief, go for it – just not while you’re on the phone.
Call SERVPRO of Fargo